Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management News

Raising awareness about the value and use of native grasslands, seasonal wetlands, grassy woodlands & other ecosystems on the Victorian Volcanic Plains

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New review paper on temperate grassland ecology

A major new review paper on temperate grassland ecology (Turner Review #23) has just been published in Australian Journal of Botany, led by Jodi Price. The authors’ (Jodi N. Price, Megan K. Good, Nick L. Schultz, Lydia K. Guja and John W. Morgan) review the reasons for species diversity in grasslands – flora and fauna – in relation to biomass, structure, climate, disturbance, etc.

This review collates >40 yrs of temperate grassland ecology and provides the best currently available picture of how grasslands function and how disturbance (and hence management) effects diversity. Link to review




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Victorian inquiry into extinction crisis

Are you aware that there is a push for an inquiry into Victoria’s extinction crisis? The vote for the inquiry proposed by the Victorian Greens is on 30 October.

Pressure may be required for the government and our local politicians to support it.

Here is terms of reference  which was in a media release way back on threatened species day in June.

You can sign up here and be kept up to date as the proposal progresses.

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A grant for youth engagement on weed and rabbit projects

Grant funding for youth engagement – Weeds & Rabbits Project – Apply by Monday 30th September

The Weeds and Rabbits Project aims to encourage more young people to connect with their local community and natural environment through invasive pest and weed management.

Grants from $5,000 up to $15,000 are available to support projects that will increase youth interest, engagement and skills in invasive species management in Victoria.

Why engage young people?

Boosting youth engagement has mutual benefits for existing groups and for young people:

  • Succession planning for established groups
  • Knowledge sharing across generations
  • Connecting young people with their community and their landscape
  • Providing skills, confidence and career pathways for young people
  • Mentoring and networking opportunities for young people
  • New ideas and perspectives on the invasive species challenge

The program aims to increase young people’s participation in community environmental projects and encourage new ideas and innovations in the invasive species challenge. Funding can be used to support the engagement of young people in existing groups and initiatives, or to develop new youth-focused initiatives.

Applications for the grants program close Monday 30 September 2019. For more information visit the Weeds and Rabbits Project website.

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Have your say

Illabarook Nature Conservation Reserve

Parks Victoria is developing a state-wide Land Management Strategy (LMS) to guide and inform future planning and decision-making across the parks estate. There are quite a few grassland and grassy woodland reserves in the Parks Victoria estate.

Parks Victoria is now inviting communities and stakeholders to provide their feedback on the draft Aspiration and Guiding Principles that will form the basis of the Land Management Strategy.

There will be further opportunities for feedback once the draft Land Management Strategy is released.

Public consultation is open until midnight, Sunday the 29th of September 2019.  Link

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Have your say on the proposed new environment protection laws

Spider on a Common Everlasting

On 1 July 2020, the new environment protection laws are intended to come into effect. You can access these new laws here.

The Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) are working together to help Victorians seamlessly transition to the new laws.

We are proposing the new laws are supported by:

  • Environment Protection Regulations
  • Environment Reference Standards (ERS)
  • Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS)
  • Impact assessment

All Victorians are now encouraged to review and have your say on the proposed environment protection regulations and environment reference standards.

Public comment is open from 2 September – 31 October 2019.
Here is a link to the relevant Engage Victoria page